Testimonies from the field: an exploration of the state of press freedom in Nepal after the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement

This booklet contains stories and information collected from the field over a period of a few weeks in April 2007. The authors visited several Nepal districts and organized individual and group discussions with local journalists to hear their views on press freedom, the safety of journalists and impunity.

This information was filled out with secondary sources. All the incidents reported in this publication occurred after the comprehensive peace agreement was signed between the Government of Nepal and CPN (Maoist) on 21 November 2006.

Motivated by the World Press Freedom Day, the rationale behind collecting such information was to undertake a 'reality check' of press freedom in post-conflict Nepal. This booklet aims to portray and illustrate the authors’ findings, who hope that their work will help to contextualise the slogan of World Press Freedom Day 2007 – Press Freedom, Safety of Journalists and Impunity – to the current reality in Nepal.

All the statistics, incidents and opinions included in the publication are based on field research and are collected from different primary and secondary sources. The cases included in this publication are based on the personal experience of journalists working in various parts of the country outside Kathmandu Valley. Their names have been changed for their personal safety.



  • Bibliographic reference
  • Collation: 43 p., illus.
  • Author(s): UNESCO Office Kathmandu; Forum of Development Journalists (Nepal)
  • Publication year: 2007
  • Document code: KAT-CI-2007/01
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